Marotzke hired by Kandiyohi County Economic Development

February 12, 2024

Marotzke hired by Kandiyohi County Economic Development
Michelle Marotzke, current economic development professional at the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, has been hired as the Kandiyohi County Economic Development business development manager. WILLMAR — A new business development manager has been hired by Kandiyohi County Economic Development. Michelle Marotzke, economic development professional with Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, will start her new position in March. The Joint Operations Board and the Joint Powers Board of Kandiyohi

EDC focus on child care helps alleviate the child care crisis

February 7, 2024

EDC focus on child care helps alleviate the child care crisis
In December of 2022, the number of additional child care slots needed in Kandiyohi County was 935. The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar EDC launched the Child Care Economic Development Program, which is estimated to have created 263 additional child care slots.   By Jennifer Kotila WILLMAR — With Kandiyohi County facing a child care crisis, lacking 935 child care slots, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission in 2023 focused its efforts on alleviating

Housing shortage continues to be a problem in Kandiyohi County

February 2, 2024

Housing shortage continues to be a problem in Kandiyohi County
Aaron Backman, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar EDC, received a housing report Jan. 11 and shared some of his thoughts about it at a meeting that day. A December 2023 housing report showed the city of Willmar had only 23 single-family homes for sale — in a city of 21,000 people. Lack of housing can hinder the recruitment of the workforce needed to fill job openings, according to Aaron Backman, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic

Two new turkey businesses to open in newly created hatchery in Willmar, Minnesota

January 8, 2024

Two new turkey businesses to open in newly created hatchery in Willmar, Minnesota
Headstart Hatching and Next Nest Hatching will begin operations in a state-of-the-art hatchery facility. New hatching technology will help to increase production rates and help with animal welfare. WILLMAR — After a year of construction, Headstart Hatching and Next Nest Hatching , two companies created through Life-Science Innovations , will open a new hatchery called Nest One this winter. The building, located just outside of Willmar, is state-of-the-art with current technology and techniques

2023 Year in Review: A look back on the top stories from the City of Willmar

January 3, 2024

Throughout 2023, the Willmar City Council debated the location of the proposed city hall and community center, housing remains a top priority and businesses continue to invest in the city’s industrial park. ————————————————————————– WILLMAR — Plenty of debate took place throughout the past year, not least of all concerning the future of Willmar’s

Expansion of Elevate entrepreneurship course in Kandiyohi County supported by $200,000 grant

January 3, 2024

Expansion of Elevate entrepreneurship course in Kandiyohi County supported by $200,000 grant
The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission received a grant for more than $200,000 from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. —————————————————————- WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission received a grant of more than $200,000 to put toward expansion of the Elevate Community

41 Grantees Announced to Support Small Business Success across Minnesota

January 3, 2024

St. Paul – Today, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that 41 organizations across Minnesota will receive Small Business Assistance Partnership funding to help small businesses grow and thrive. DEED will award more than $12.5 million to nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, community development financial institutions and community development corporations. These projects are projected to serve almost 36,000 Minnesota small businesses

A Message from the Executive Director

January 3, 2024

Written by Executive Director, Aaron Backman 2023 was a memorable year in many ways.  A new housing study covering all of Kandiyohi County was completed by Viewpoint Consulting in January.  It identified a need for 2,555 additional housing units, including 1,580 units in Willmar, to be constructed between now and the year 2030. Several housing projects that the EDC was significantly involved with were completed or commenced with this year.  Edgeview, the Unique Opportunities multi-family project

A Sisterhood of Support

January 2, 2024

A Sisterhood of Support
Walking into the backyard of child care provider Michelle Weiler is like walking into a children’s fairy tale. It is the magic of Alice in Wonderland, the secret hidden place of the Secret Garden and full of children having as much fun as if they were in Peter Pan’s Never Never Land. But this isn’t a story of how they care for the children they watch; it is the story of how they care for each other. Sue Yoakum and Michelle Weiler have been running their child care businesses and helping
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